Salesforce.com has selected Deutsche Telekom’s corporate customer unit T-Systems as the provider for the previously announced data centre in Germany, which will be powered 100 percent by renewable energy sources. This new data centre, salesforce.com’s first in Germany, is expected to support the company’s cloud computing services across its growing customer base in the region. The company plans to open three new data centres in Europe, including data centres in the UK and France. Salesforce.com’s first European data centre is expected to open in the UK in 2014 while data centres in Germany and France are expected to open in 2015.
In addition, the two companies today announced that T-Systems will also become the primary reseller for salesforce.com’s leading cloud services in the DACH region.
In addition, salesforce.com will expand its Munich headquarters and has opened its Berlin office. Salesforce.com also announced it will sponsor Bundesverband Deutsche Start-Ups to foster innovation in new German companies, joining Facebook, Google and Lufthansa Systems.
Innovative German companies Bayer Vital, Commerzbank, Coca Cola Erfrischungsgetränke and Software AG are now connecting with customers in a whole new way with Salesforce, joining leading German companies such as airberlin, BMW and Endress&Hauser.
Strategic Intent: The partnership will further expand to Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at a later date.
For Deutsche Telekom, the partnership is an important building block in expanding its cloud business and in the implementation of its partnering strategy. “Companies that want to benefit from the opportunities of the digital age have to master an ever broader technological spectrum – and Deutsche Telekom’s corporate customers unit and salesforce.com are now working together to support them on that,” said Höttges. “Together with salesforce.com, we are expanding our range of simple and cost-effective cloud services, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises, which form such a strong part of our economy in this country.” Deutsche Telekom, the leading cloud service provider in Germany and Europe, continues to invest in cloud infrastructure and opens Germany’s most modern data center today.